A small sampling.
Praise for Piranhas & Quicksand & Love
"Sally Shivnan's prose is so clear, and governed by a hand so precisely attuned to the demands of the story, that the words seem to disappear, and you look through them without quite having the sense that anything is between you and the people she has created. These stories will take hold of you from the first line. Each one provides what Peter Taylor once said all good stories provide: superior entertainment."
--Richard Bausch, author of Before, During, After
"An outstanding collection of tales about the pitfalls and rewards of human connection. . . Read this book to savor its beautiful language, to drink in its gentle defiance. Piranhas & Quicksand & Love calls readers to ride the waves of a sea besieged by predatory behavior and natural disaster. To sail on, nevertheless, toward love."
--The Washington Review of Books
"Sally Shivnan gives life to the dreams of the most unexpected of characters... Endearing, poignant, tender and true, these are stories to surprise and delight..."
--Jill Dawson, author of The Tell-Tale Heart
"Sally Shivnan writes with grace and understanding about people who often lack both. Her stories pull us in with a quiet, observing, knowing voice..."
--Thomas Swick, author of The Joys of Travel: And Stories that Illuminate Them
"Shivnan's skill, humor, and empathy convert everyday situations into exquisitely strange and moving riddles that will cling to readers' memories."
--Pamela Petro, author of The Long Field
"Nice to know I have a niece who is the next J.K. Rowling."
--my uncle Jim Diffley